If you have been sent on the Work Programme, or are going on it shortly, reading the guidance the government sends to those organisations that deliver the programme is worthwhile. No matter which organisation you attend they will have to stick to the rules in this document, so you might want to read it before you start.
Jobcentre Plus offices sometimes advertise details of self-employment possibilities for unemployed people, including contract work and commission-only vacancies. They may also be able to provide information on starting a small business or arranging a franchise. If you want information, you should speak to your personal adviser. Read more about JSA - Help setting up in self-employment
If you have applied for and been offered a job, a Work Trial allows you to try it out while still receiving benefits. It also enables the employer see how you get on in the post before deciding whether to take you on permanently. Most Work Trials only last for a few days. Read more about JSA - Work Trials
Some government schemes are voluntary and you can ask your personal adviser for advice on joining one.
In some cases, however, attendance may be compulsory if the personal adviser feels you will benefit from attendance. In these cases, you will be referred via a jobseeker’s direction. If you are given a jobseeker’s direction to attend any of the schemes below, failure to do so, or leaving before the scheme is completed, can lead to a benefit sanction. Read more about JSA - Voluntary schemes
If you are receiving Jobseeker's Allowance you can be made to go on some work for your benefit schemes. Find out what your responsibilities are here. Read more about JSA - Work for your benefit schemes
If you are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, you must take part in certain schemes if you are advised to do so by a personal adviser. Your benefit may be affected if you refuse to do so or leave a scheme before completing it. The Work Experience programme is different in that it is voluntary to join, but it becomes compulsory after you have accepted an offer of a place. Read more about JSA - Compulsory Schemes